razing of the second floor

at the old Nexus building



the new childrens' play area

behind the 8th and Parker Bayer building



The last few days I've been tracking our Chief's "stolen iphone" story. I found it mentioned by, among others, AP, CNN, FOX News, myfoxphoenix, ABC News, The Atlantic Magazine, and even the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Seems quite a bit of coverage, so I don't understand why our city is spending tens of thousands of dollars on a study to determine how Berkeley PD can better communicate. Communication doesn't seem to be the problem.

I've heard, specially now, of peoples' disbelief about those in the radical community who are also members of financial trusts worth millions, often including real-property holdings. And yet that these radicals vigorously oppose "the propertied."

Ironic perhaps, but not entirely new. Understand that Communist, Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, was a privileged child of the middle class.








Comstock Read Aloud Book Award 2011

" Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant" written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise.

"In this fictionalized biography, Ella Kate Ewing tells her own story about growing up to be a 'real, live giant.' By age seventeen, Ella Kate was eight feet tall."











"Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident today announces Summer of Brews ­ a series of exclusive craft beer events he will host throughout the season" at jambase.com.

"With three consecutive sell-outs of his flagship event, Kyle's Brew Fest, Hollingsworth returns this summer with this charity beer festival and concert in Berkeley, CA and in Boulder, CO.

Up first on Saturday, July 14 at Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley, CA, prior to The String Cheese Incident concert at The Greek Theatre later that evening, the Brew Fest will feature more than 10 breweries and 20 craft beers plus an exclusive performance from Kyle Hollingsworth with members of Hot Buttered Rum. To kick things off, this May Hollingsworth travels to Stone Brewing Company in Southern California to create a one-time-only collaboration beer for Kyle's Brew Fest Berkeley."

Though the Tom Bates athletic fields may be a memorable achievement, I'll always remember that as a member of the State Assembly His Honor Da Boz pioneered legal home brewing.




Aw jeez, . . . read about Hitler's Very Own Hot Jazz Band at smithsonianmag.com.


















is Memorial Day

"Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies' organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end."


BPD Ofc Cesar Melero emails

Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at Café Leila, 1724 San Pablo Avenue on Monday, May 28, 2012, from 3 to 4pm.




This site regularly receives 3500 to 4500 hits per day, occasionally peeking at 5500 to 6500 and dropping now and then to 2500 to 3000. Traffic is no longer dependent on my emailing, the site having taken on a life of its own . . . jeez.





our Janine Johnson emails of the upcoming Berkeley Early Music Festival

As most of you know, the first week of June the San Francisco Early Music Society and CalPerformances are presenting an Early Music Festival! Along with the main stage performances,  there are scads of "fringe" concerts by local and out of town musicians, held in various halls near campus. I am playing two of these fringe concerts on consecutive days. They are quite different from one another, but both should be a lot of fun, and I hope you all can come! For the first one, I heartily recommend you arrive early, as that one may sell out. The concerts are as follows:

Tuesday June 5th, 2:30 PM Elizabeth blumenstock (violin) and myself (fortepiano) will be playing three wonderful Sonatas for violin and piano, Mozart G major KV 301, Schubert's a minor Op. 137 #2, and Mozart A major KV 526. We will be at Trinity Chapel at 2320 Dana Street,  Between Bancroft and Durant.

Tickets: $15 general, $10 SFEMS members, students, seniors and disabled
Information: TrinityChamberConcerts.com or call 510.549.3864

Wednesday June 6th, 2:30 PM I will be playing J. S. Bach's "Goldberg Variations". This may very well be my favorite work of Bach's, as it is chock full of rich counterpoint, and joy (also some sublime heart rending variations in minor). I will be playing on a fabulous harpsichord by John Phillips, after the 1722 Gräbner, kindly loaned by Peter and Cynthia Hibbard. This could also be crowded (I hope), so come early! This concert will also be at Trinity Chapel at 2320 Dana Street,  Between Bancroft and Durant.

Tickets: $15 general, $10 SFEMS members, students, seniors and disabled
Information: TrinityChamberConcerts.com or call 510.549.3864


Please understand that " 'Historic Greek Theatre safe, sound and superb after upgrades' by Gretchen Kell, UC Media Relations" is a press release.





our Tilden Park

a treasure











more steel

is going up at our Fourth Street Apple Store








"Florida's open government practices put California to shame" Thomas Peele, Contra Costa Times.

"Why does Florida always out-sunshine California?

Here's Florida's latest transparency coup: Gov. Rick Scott has made his top aides' email accounts available on the Internet for all to see. The public can go online and peek into inbox and sent email folders at any time: no public record requests, no long waits, no government lawyers trying to scrub everything clean.

Florida continues to be the national leader in government transparency, using the type of technology that ought to be second-nature here but isn't. California, a state overflowing with supposed innovation, is one where governments remain shrouded in darkness."




"CA Workplace Fatalities Rise In Confined Spaces, Despite Being Preventable" by Bernice Yeung, at huffingtonpost.com.

"From a Napa winemaker to a paint manufacturing employee in Fullerton, seven Californians died last year while working in a confined space ­ an uptick in a category of workplace fatalities that are readily preventable, experts said."





"Skinner Would Funnel Cap and Trade Revenues into Schools" at berkeleypatch.com.

"Berkeley lawmaker says money spent on utilities could be freed up for education costs. "
















is Memorial Day




The North Green is a parcel of City land that has served as a second lawn for the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club for many years. In recent years, however, the North Green has not been needed for lawn bowling.

Join Councilman Moore and city staff to discuss possible ideas for new uses of the North Green at the Green Room at the north on end of the Corporation Yard (Off Allston Way) Thursday, May 31st, at 6:30 PM.


Sketch Ice Cream will reopen soon--hopefully July 1st--at 2080 Fourth Street--Fourth Street at Addison.











the Potter Creek

Berkeley Bowl

"the grocery store and more"

a photo essay of the beginning with permission of the owners










"How will funds from CA's carbon market affect utility customers?" Barbara Vergetis Lundin at fierceenergy.com.

"A report examines how California might spend the funds generated by the state's soon-to-be-launched carbon market under AB 32 (the California Global Warming Solutions Act).

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering different scenarios under California's cap-and-trade program. The report, commissioned by the nonpartisan nonprofit organization Next 10, and authored by the University of California, Berkeley (UCB); University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; and Resources for the Future (RFF), also examines the impact to utilities and their customers."




"Computer model pinpoints prime materials for efficient carbon capture"
at nanowerk.com.

"When power plants begin capturing their carbon emissions to reduce greenhouse gases ­ and to most in the electric power industry, it's a question of when, not if ­ it will be an expensive undertaking.

Current technologies would use about one-third of the energy generated by the plants ­ what's called 'parasitic energy' ­ and, as a result, substantially drive up the price of electricity.

But a new computer model developed by University of California, Berkeley, chemists shows that less expensive technologies are on the horizon. They will use new solid materials like zeolites and metal oxide frameworks (MOFs) that more efficiently capture carbon dioxide so that it can be sequestered underground.

'The current on-the-shelf process of carbon capture has problems, including environmental ones, if you do it on a large scale,' said Berend Smit, Chancellor's Professor in the departments of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry at UC Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). 'Our calculations show that we can reduce the parasitic energy costs of carbon capture by 30 percent with these types of materials, which should encourage the industry and academics to look at them.' "


















as Asia-Pacific Month ends


a Tameka Lim photo


here' s Tameka Lim

who's now teaching in Spain




What has making the west-Berkeley Project cost us so far? Well, from paying staff to paying for heat and light at meetongs, it all cost money. Stay tuned.











"Flat U.S. Wages Help Fuel Rebound in Manufacturing" at wsj.com.

"The celebrated revival of U.S. manufacturing employment has been accompanied by a less-lauded fact: Wages for many manufacturing workers aren't keeping up with inflation.

The wage lag is a key factor contributing to the rebounding competitiveness of U.S. industry. A recent uptick in factory employment and the return of some production to U.S. shores from abroad both added jobs that probably otherwise wouldn't exist. But sluggish wages also are squeezing workers' incomes and spending."


More traditional manufacturing is most likely to occur in areas unlike Berlekely with our cultural culture and university--more likely it will develop in places like west-Oakland with its vast open acreage or in areas of the Southern U S.



"Cleaner Gasoline Means Higher Prices in California" a story at cbslocal.com

"Californians routinely pay some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and the current cost of a gallon at the pump is no exception. But, drivers who think they're being unfairly exploited by the oil companies should think again ­ says one UC Berkeley economist, who points to many other reasons why the cost of fuel is so high.

We pay, on average, 60-cents more per gallon than the national average.

The average price for a gallon of gas, nationwide, hovered around $3.68, whereas it's roughly $4.30 a gallon in California."





Zo, . . . Henry K. Lee writes "Michael Meehan, Berkeley police chief, in spotlight" at sfgate.com.

"When Michael Meehan took over as Berkeley's police chief in 2009, he promised to be open and transparent. He immediately came clean, saying he had already gotten two parking tickets - in front of the police station - but paid them because he was "guilty." He also pledged that "when we mess up, we'll 'fess up."

Meehan, 51, has been doing some of that lately, most notably apologizing for sending a sergeant to a reporter's home after midnight in March to press for changes in a story about a slaying in the Berkeley hills.

But he's also dug in his heels, defending his department's response to that February homicide, and asserting that when a legion of officers - including him and drug task force officers, some of whom were on overtime - went looking for his son's stolen cell phone, it wasn't a case of preferential treatment."

Aw jeez!





from our log

5/27/12--5:30 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 6:15 PM-same. 6:53 PM--similar, "roofing tar" odor.11:09 PM--dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.





eternally useful links

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.



Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.




Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here



Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."






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